Dam Pool Sediments, A Concern for Water Quality in the Great Lakes
Date: Saturday, July 22
Time: Noon – 2:00PM Bring a sack lunch
Place: Gorge Metro Park, 1200 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221
Presenter: Elaine Marsh, Watershed Specialist, Summit Metro Parks; Bill Zawiski, Manager of Water
Quality, Ohio EPA, Northeast Ohio Regional District
Due to the dedication and investment of many organizations and agencies, water quality in the Cuyahoga
River has improved massively since its last burning in 1969. However, large problems remain. Since 2005,
Ohio EPA has led the effort to remove four dams on the Cuyahoga River. The sediment from these
removals has washed into the dam pool behind Gorge Dam to join the sediment that has accumulated there
over the dam’s 100-year history. Plans to remove the dam are progressing. The costliest aspect of the
projected removal is management of the sediment.
Learn about past and future efforts to study these sediments and why their proper management directly
impacts our great lake, Lake Erie. Also learn about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and its many
benefits to citizens of the region. After a walk along the High Bridge Glen trail, presenters will answer
question while participants eat their personally provided sack lunch.